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Lead Grant

Grants to New Mexico Nonprofits, Tribes, Schools,
and Agencies for General Operational Support

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McCune Charitable Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/13/19 5:00 PM MT


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Grants starting at $50,000 to New Mexico established nonprofit organizations, Indian tribes, public schools, and government agencies for general operational support. Interested applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support organizations working to benefit local communities in the areas of education, economic development, the arts, health, environment, and social services.

The McCune Charitable Foundation is dedicated to enriching the health, education, environment, cultural and spiritual lives of New Mexicans. The Lead grant provides funding to established organizations that are proven to play an integral role in the broader ecosystem of nonprofits by providing critical capacities to numerous other organizations working in alignment with Foundation priorities and values. The Foundation sees Lead grantees as groups operating in the background, providing specific programmatic or operational functions that enable other organizations to increase their impact.

The Foundation awards grants for community-based projects in the State of New Mexico related to the following nine Foundation Priorities:

1. Capacity Building in the Non-Profit Sector
2. Economic Development and Family Asset Building
3. Education Transformation and Early Childhood Development
4. Leveraging Opportunities In Health Care
5. Local Food Industry Development
6. Building Links Between Arts and Community Engagement
7. Stewardship of Natural Resources
8. Influencing Urban Planning and Built Environments
9. Strategies for Rural Development

For a detailed description of each of these priority areas, see Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184280

Number of Grants:

Between 1 and 5 Lead grants are awarded per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amount Range: $50,000-$100,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant is for 12-month term with no assurance of additional year of funding.

Consecutive Funding Opportunity: Maximum of 3 consecutive years; then the applying organization must meet with Foundation staff to discuss on-going eligibility.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants can be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally-recognized Indian tribes, public schools, and governmental agencies.

Lead grants are best for established organizations that work highly aligned with Foundation priorities and that have demonstrated a supporting role among other organizations as well as leadership in the civic sector.

Grants must benefit New Mexicans.

Grants cannot be made to individuals.

Not funded:

- Direct donations or grants to individuals
- Direct grants to for-profit institutions
- Projects in the area of health addressing and/or providing medical research related to particular diseases or conditions
- Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes
- Grants to political campaigns, to support political activities or to lobby for or against particular pieces of legislation
- Programs related to domestic animals
- Grants for organizations "in crisis" or for debt repayment
- Development positions within individual organizations
- Projects that should primarily be funded by local, state or federal government
- Establishment of endowed Chairs or other permanent academic posts
- Capacity building for individual organizations
- Search and rescue operations
- Historical preservation efforts
- Community and school teaching gardens
- Adoption services or support
- Therapeutic programs
- Ongoing operating support for well-established charter schools
- Film projects
- Arts councils
- Parochial and private schools
- Indirect costs for Institutions of Higher Education

Pre-Application Information:

Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest. Organizations wishing to investigate Lead eligibility for the 2020 funding cycle should provide a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the Foundation no later than Monday, April 15, 2019.

If invited, applicants will then complete a Focus Application during an open application cycle. Notice of invitation to apply will be sent by email by July 11, 2019.

The McCune Charitable Foundation "Open Application Cycle" timeframe for 2020 funding is August 15 - September 13, 2019. The submission deadline for all applications is September 13th at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. For more information about this year's open application cycle, please visit the Foundation website late July 2019.

The mid-year report may serve as application for next year funding.

Organizations can apply for only one grant per year.

Foundation Priorities:

June 2017 Webinar:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the LOI by email to:

Ernesto Torres, Grants Manager
(505) 983-8300

For assistance, please call the McCune Offices at 505.983.8300.

McCune Charitable Foundation
345 East Alameda Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico